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written by Lizzie Alston
The purpose of this study is to (1) identify some of the major problems confronting first-year secondary science teachers; (2) list supportive practices supplied by the school-based administration and district-wide programs for first-year secondary science teachers; and (3) describe problems of socialization confronting first-year secondary science teachers. The study analyzes perceptions of eight first-year secondary science teachers under contract at the start of the 1996-1997 school year. The study viewed these teachers as novice by definition and perceptions of specific support activities which assisted them in moving from initially licensed to career tenure status. The literature review examines research on teacher based on self-reporting data. Although several of the cited research studies consider first-year teachers in general, few qualitative studies contain specific information on first-year secondary science teachers, e. g., what is involved in the new environment or what developmental skills are needed to survive the year. The research procedure used in this study is the individual case study method. Data were collected primarily through ethnographic interviews and surveys of eight first-year secondary science teachers and six administrators responsible for evaluation of these teachers. (Two administrators did not respond to the survey.) A thematic conceptual matrix was used to display the problems and issues faced by and support offered to these teachers.
The findings clearly reveal the top two problems of first-year secondary science teachers to be discipline and classroom/time management exacerbated by a perceived lack of administrative support and assistance.
University: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Academic Department:  Educational Administration
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behavior skills of first-year teachers, first-year secondary science teachers, first-year teachers, issues of first-year teachers, novice teachers, novice-teacher support, problems of
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Metadata instance created September 13, 2008 by Bernadette Stewart
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L. Alston, Ph. D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2007, WWW Document, (http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-4298-75424/unrestricted/Dissert.PDF).
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L. Alston, A Case Study of Eight First-Year Secondary Science Teachers in North Carolina: Problems, Issues and Behaviors, Ph. D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2007, <http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-4298-75424/unrestricted/Dissert.PDF>.
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Alston, L. (1997, May 30). A Case Study of Eight First-Year Secondary Science Teachers in North Carolina: Problems, Issues and Behaviors (Ph. D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2007). Retrieved October 20, 2014, from http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-4298-75424/unrestricted/Dissert.PDF
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Alston, Lizzie. "A Case Study of Eight First-Year Secondary Science Teachers in North Carolina: Problems, Issues and Behaviors." Ph. D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2007. http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-4298-75424/unrestricted/Dissert.PDF (accessed 20 October 2014).
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Alston, Lizzie. "A Case Study of Eight First-Year Secondary Science Teachers in North Carolina: Problems, Issues and Behaviors." Ph. D.. 30 May 1997. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2007. 20 Oct. 2014 <http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-4298-75424/unrestricted/Dissert.PDF>.
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